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Pipe Major:            Daryl Thompson     dthom16@dodo.com.au                      0490 328 634

Band Secretary:       Alison Broome      alison.broome@bigpond.com.au         0419 791 171

Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Pipe Band, PO BOX 20, TOOWOOMBA Q4350

 

Throughout the history of Toowoomba, there have been many bands come and go - from the Trek Pipe Band, Toowoomba Thistle and the Caledonian Pipe Band.

 

Circa 1920s - the Toowoomba Thistle Pipe Band leads the visiting Black Watch Pipe Band from Scotland away from the Toowoomba Railway Station

 

Date unknown - Toowoomab Thistle playing in the Carnival of Flowers Parade - lead by the band mascot - "Puppy"

 

In April 1971, the Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Burns Club coordinated the formation of the Toowoomba Caledonian Pipe Band. (to be outfitted in kilts of the Macdonald tartan).

 

Soon after its inception, the band played at many functions including Caledonian Society Debutante Balls, parades, gatherings and the like. In 1979, the band started to compete, with our first competition being the 1980 Australian Championships in Brisbane. By 1981 - 1982 we were reguarly placed third in Grade 3 in the Queensland Pipe Band Championships.

 

 

In 2009, the band changed to the Ancient Smith tartan, black jackets, gillie brogues, black pipe bag covers and green pipe cords. The jackets were kindly donated to the band by the Toowoomba Caledonian Society.

 

In 2009, the band re-commenced playing at a competitive level, with our first competition being the Australian Pipe Band Championships.  The competition element of the band has continued to develop with the band being placed in several competitions in recent years. This element of the band competes across Queensland and New South Wales.

 

In 2015, the band merged with the Toowoomba Caledonian Society to become the Toowoomba Caledonian Society Pipe Band.

 

The band currently plays at a myriad of events some of which have included the Carnival of Flowers, ceilidhs, Australia Day, Multiculural Australia Day events, the Toowoomba Caledonian Society Burns Dinner, the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, the Toowoomba St. Patrick’s parade, weddings, Anzac Day, Labour Day, concerts,  school formals, Toowoomba Multicultural Festival, Helidon Celtic Festival just to name a few.  One of the annual highlights is the full band playing at the Tartan Day celebrations in King George Square in Brisbane.

 

Individual members of the band  also play at many functions including weddings, funerals, community celebrations, Toowoomba's Battle of Milne Bay Service, Battle of Britian Services, school ANZAC services, nursing homes, school functions, Queensland Police Rememberance Day Services, Highland dancing displays and concerts. Each time proudly and publicly representing our Society as an important local community group. .

 

The band currently has a varied and wide repertoire which ranges from slow airs right through to hornpipes, strathspeys, jigs and reels.

 

 The band rehearses each Thursday night at the Drayton Hall in Brisbane Street (next to the Drayton Police Station). Practices commence at 7.30pm and generally go till just after 9pm.

 

We are always on the lookout for learners and players alike. Tuition is available by arrangement and instruments are available for loan.

 

 

Why not make your special day one to remember?

 

You can hire a single piper right up to the full band to play at your wedding, event or special occasion for very reasonable rates - just contact us.

 

Our experienced pipers have played for a wide range of events - weddings, 100 year birthday celebrations, funerals, memorial services - right up to playing at official functions for Prime Ministers, Premiers, overseas dignitaries and even Governor Generals.

 

Imagine the bride led up the aisle on her wedding day by a piper or even the entire band leading the bridal car through the park to the ceremony venue!!! ..........Just contact us by phone or email!

 

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Pipe Major:

Daryl Thompson

dthom16@dodo.com.au

0490 328 634

 

Band Secretary:

Alison Broome

alison.broome@bigpond.com.au

  0419 791 171

 

Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Pipe Band

PO BOX 20

TOOWOOMBA Q4350

AUSTRALIA

Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Pipe Band Inc.

The Secretary

PO BOX 20

Toowoomba Q4350

 

Phone 07 4630 1272

 

 

 

 

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Toowoomba Caledonian Society Pipe Band